Anesthesia Dental Cleaning for 10+ Age GSD
Hello, first time poster, long time lurker. Need some advice...
A week ago my dog was chewing on a bully stick and all of a sudden he was pawing at his mouth and was bleeding a little bit. I took the bully stick away and tried to look in his mouth. I couldn't really find anything. Fast forward to the other day and he was pawing at his mouth after eating some dry kibble and had a little bleeding. I looked again in his mouth and it looked like a piece of his molar tooth broke off. I compared both sides of the mouth. The tooth on one side has three ridges and the other side has two ridges.
Anyway, I took him to the vet yesterday and the doctor said he has a lot of chipped teeth but that was normal. He said he needs a dental cleaning with anesthesia and then when he is under he will decide if any extractions are needed. I am having them do a full panel of blood work on him. The doctor says the blood panel tests for 60 things and rules out complications for the anesthesia.
My concern is the anesthesia for my dog of 10.5 years old. Should I be worried? He has been under anesthesia twice before and did fine, but the last one was about 5 years ago.
Also, from the research I did, bleeding from teeth usually means the pulp is exposed... Is that correct? If so, then he definitely needs an extraction right?